The Big Apple is getting tough on biased AI
New York City has a new law on the books demanding “algorithmic accountability,” and AI researchers want to help make it work.
Background: At the end of 2017, the city’s council passed the country’s first bill to ban algorithmic discrimination in city… Read more
- George Hodan | Public Domain Pictures
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Personalized mini-tumors could predict when cancer drugs will work
Researchers used cells taken from 71 patients with colon and rectal cancer and grew miniature tumors that were specific to each person.
What they did: Scientists tested 55 different drugs—including ones that are currently available as well as experimental… Read more
- Nicola Valeri
10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018
Every year since 2001 we’ve picked what we call the 10 Breakthrough Technologies. People often ask, what exactly do you mean by “breakthrough”? It’s a reasonable question—some of our picks haven’t yet reached widespread use, while others may be on the...Read the full story →
Turns out we have no idea how tech affects our kids
We think our children are addicted to phones—but are we right to be worried about the fallout?
- Pan Xiaozhen | Unsplash
It might be time to kill off trending topics on social media
Sites are trying to crack down on awful content, but fakes just keep rising to the top.
The news: On Wednesday YouTube briefly put an inaccurate conspiracy video, claiming that a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting was an actor,… Read more
- Mike Ashley for Noun Project
Retraining may be the best way to ease impending tech-driven job losses
It’s inevitable that automation will put some people out of work—but our attention may be best focused on helping those individuals, not slowing the march of tech. So says a new report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a think… Read more
- Spencer Cooper | Flickr
AI time bombs could sneak cyberattacks past watchful eyes
Malicious code hidden inside neural networks could hijack things like image recognition algorithms long after people start using them.
The situation: Image recognition AIs can be tricked quite easily, which raises the specter of, say, a cyberattack convincing… Read more
- Bomb by anbileru adaleru | Noun Project. Neural network | Wikimedia.
If chatbots are going to get better, they might need to offend you
AIs have gotten better at holding a conversation, but tech firms are wary of rolling them out for fear of PR nightmares.
- Oksana Latysheva from the Noun Project
AI is learning how to spot risky websites for you
Machine learning can sniff out tell-tale signs of shady URLs so you don’t get phished.
The problem: The internet is riddled with websites set up for the sole purpose of stealing a user’s information or installing malware on a victim’s machine. Antivirus… Read more
- Jackie Snow